Vanderocker’s New EP ‘The Good Punk’ is a Love Letter to the Human Race

Indie-punk Maverick Vanderocker returns with a brand new EP – The Good Punk – a 5 track journey, bringing us a brilliant mix of punk, indie and psychedelia in this experimental EP.

Soon to be turned into a short film, the short album touches on themes of sex, voyeurism and confirms Vanderocker’s place in the alternative music scene.

Vanderocker is an indie music project lead by Adrienne Vanderocker, an LA based performance artist who comes from a family of Dutch-American classical musicians. Boasting a huge amount of talent, Adrienne composed the EP, playing guitar, bass and synth on the record. Together with the producing skills of Brandon Eggleston and several noteworthy guest artists such as Federico Pol Jr (Joe Cocker), Peter Holmström (The Dandy Warhols, PIA), and Brendan Bond (Black Pumas), the EP was born.

Vanderocker have continued to soundtrack an eccentric and dreamlike view of the world, best described by Adrienne herself: 

“In my mind, it’s a basic study of humans on different levels, almost from an Alien National Geographic kind of perspective. ‘Here is Earth, a most beautiful place and here are the alluring creatures who call themselves human beings. Let’s observe them when they are just in their bodies. Now look how they change when they interact with other groups’ – like a typical lab observation, right? Which is interesting in itself; but then of course, we have to look at how amazingly powerful humans can be when they disengage from the drama and plug into something bigger than themselves. I find comfort in all of it, when I can step back and observe us the way a newcomer might.”

In the early stages of their music, Vanderocker worked more with classic rock and electronica, but through experimentation and collaboration, the sound has become more polished, honing in on the perfect hybrid genre, including trip-hop, avant garde, roadhouse blues and indie pop.

Vanderocker have continued to push musical boundaries, working with Phil Ek (Modest Mouse; Built to Spill) on single, Dear Future Self in August 2020 and appearing on the soundtrack to the PS4/XBox One/PC game, Beyond Blue. Tying all of the music together and encapsulating the Vanderocker journey, the short film, Cult for You, will be a 1920s-esque erotic flick, with shooting beginning this November.

The Good Punk is due to be released on the 13th November, and the track list goes as follows:

Cult For you opens with punchy, punk guitar that lead the track, accompanied by haunting and sensual vocals. As the harmonies layer, the track becomes more intense, leaving the listener in their own imagination.

Earthly pleasure. Birthright. A pure journey of the flesh. The most basic, primal experiential potential of having a human body. You can get off and go about your day unaffected, or you can reach other dimensions, use sex as medicine and heal yourself and/or your other, or connect to pure God essence, just by knowing how to use your body as a vessel. Sex is a portal. I like the duality there is in sex and the sensual worlds alone- the drama, the meaning, the purpose all begins in our heads and then trickles through our bodies to be expressed and manifested.”

Endless city leads with a heavy bassline, introducing the other instruments that layer upon each other. It really gives you a nostalgic feeling of walking through an empty city at night, feeling empowered but intrigued by the mystery around you.

 “Now we take the human experience out of the singular and look at it from about 50 yards away, for instance, watching small groups interact in our favourite petri dish – a city at night. This environment is a prime setting for getting the extreme highs and polar opposite lows out of people, often within the same experience. We follow our subject, seemingly feminine, through the streets where she bears witness to all of it. People’s faces become lock boxes for sins, secrets, or resilience, or heroism, and they also become the most open, revealing, expressions of themselves on the flip of a dime. There is also the idea that a city at night is also where you have the easiest access to mind altering substances, either through drugs, or euphoric divination – and seeing how the two paths can have their similarities is interesting to me. The two paths can look the same but feel and affect one in polar opposite ways. Of course, all these experiences lead to the same goal- wanting to feel loved, and oh the trouble humans go through to achieve this feeling.  From an outside perspective, it would make you deeply curious what the fuss is about.”

Taking Notes boasts a more avant-garde feel to it, bringing in more electronic and psych vibes. The layering of the voices with whispers really gives a trippy feel to the track. Sit back and close your eyes, you’re in for a journey with this one. This is also included as a bonus track instrumental, which is simply incredible and really give the instruments their spotlight.

This is the most avant-garde piece on the EP. Establishing a deep funky groove as a setting for a narrative on the human experience and how we have to go through all this strange and often painful play to be able to tap into the higher experience and of course, our true potential. I was setting up a kind of 70’s vibe as the foundation and Pete ended up putting some really cool guitar work, creating this brilliant soundscape over the piece. In case anyone wanted to enjoy this piece without the narrative, we included a bonus instrumental on the EP.”

Supercell really brings the punk into this EP, with its message about waking up, coming together and “opening the eyes of the human race”. It is a brilliant final track to the EP, especially considering what society has been through this year.

 “This track takes a look at how powerful humans are when they come together for a cause .Of course, it particularly speaks to all the unrest and upset around the massive corruption and ongoing systemic racism. When I was writing Supercell I was just thinking about that superpower gene that kicks in when change happens. I wrote it thinking about it in that context and then learned what a Supercell actually is- a Supercell is the mother of all storms. It couldn’t have been more perfect.” 

Keep an eye on Vanderocker’s social media accounts for the release of this fantastic and thought-provoking EP.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vanderocker

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VanDeRocker

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vanderocker/

Website: http://www.vanderocker.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Anamoism/videos

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Written by Mars Smith

Pop-Punk Makes a Modern Comeback Through Tik Tok Star jxdn

jxdn - So What! (Official Video) - YouTube

2020 seems to be the year that pop punk makes a comeback, with artists like Machine Gun Kelly Changing up their usual style for a Punk album, YUNGBLUD absolutely smashing up the charts, and Miley Cyrus finally showing us how incredibly powerful her rock vocals are. Introducing jxdn to the ever-growing list of new pop punk and rock fusion music. With the energy of pop punk and rock combined with trap style beats and rap like spoken word, jxdn brings something fresh and new to the scene.

Have a listen to “Comatose” below

The new release, featuring iann dior, really pushes the fusion side of his style, heavily lead by the trap style hi-hats, and bringing in that classic Pop-punk sound that we are all so reminiscent of during the chorus, it really makes you nostalgic of the 00s pop punk whilst keeping that modern twist.

With only 5 singles under his belt, were all sitting with baited breath to see what else jxdn will being to the scene, especially as a relatively new artist. Originally an internet personality on the platform Tik Tok before being picked up by Fueled By Ramen, the Texan has a bright future ahead, generating 15 million streams in the first month of his release alone.

jxdn tells of his story with battling depression after moving from Texas to Tennessee at age 14, facing two suicide attempts before finding peace in music through the late Juice WRLD, before being taken under the wing of rock legend, Travis Barker – movie plot or what? Proving that the plot has a happy ending, jxdn released three successful singles so far – “Comatose”, “Angles and Demons” and “So What”, featuring his mentor Travis and Machine Gun Kelly in the video!

So watch this space, jxdn is ready to pop off into his rock career and to become one of the defining artists in this pop-punk comeback.

Written by Mars Smith

Defiant New Single ‘Mean Rock n Roller’ is vintage MeMe Detroit

“MeMe Detroit bridges the gaps between grunge, indie and Blues rock…” Louder than War

“This is the kind of person you get jealous of because they’re an incredibly talented singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer…” Janice Long – BBC Radio

“Great voice”Johnny Doom

MeMe Detroit teases new track following the overwhelming positive reaction from the previous releases. Mean Rock n Roller Promises to be a rebellious anthem for anyone who just wants to be themselves rather than conforming to societal norms, lead by a woman who wears these values not just on her sleeve, but in her clothes and artistic makeup.

Pure passion and feelings are poured into each of MeMe’s records and live performances, which are self described as “Uplifting Angst” by the British/Columbian artist, perfectly capturing her Riot Girl energy whilst also keeping something super unique, combining gritty-grungy vocals with power-indie.

MeMe is also one of those insanely talented people that are just stupidly good at everything, with her featuring on the vocals, as well as guitar, bass and synth, with bandmate Kallum McEwen backing up the track with the drums.

The band are well known for their explosive energy both on the stage and off, with hundreds of positive reviews from their live shows, and raving critiques from BBC Introducing, while the band have landed regular airtime on Kerrang! Radio, Janice Long’s show on BBC Radio Wales and have featured on Fresh on the Net’s ‘Fresh Faves’.

If you are looking for a new punk track that makes you want to don your creeper boots and stick on a spiked collar, watch this space, or check out some of their previous releases if you just cant wait! A favorite is “How she Runs”, which you can watch the video for below.

MeMe is currently rallying fans from around the globe to crowdsource and put together a new music video for Mean Rock n Roller, which, if anything like some of their previous videos, features a short introductory story before the music kicks in, giving us more insight and context to the track.

Keep an eye on their socials for updates on this, along with exclusive live streams on their social media, full of high powered grunge and attitude.

Mean Rock N Roller is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek song that we had written as a bit of fun but at the same time says “fuck you” to the limiting beliefs that are pressed on us by society as we grow up. You can basically be, do or have anything you want in life when you put your mind to it, so never settle. It’s pointless”.

Keep up to date with all news related to MeMe Detroit, including the release of the single on the 30th October this year!

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Listen to MeMe Detroit on The Quite Great Radio Show: https://www.mixcloud.com/QuiteGreatRadioShow/the-quite-great-radio-show-24-10-20/

YUNGBLUD’s New Single and Tour Announcement Here Now!

YUNGBLUD simply cannot stop treating his fans this year, releasing three new singles, two new collabs with musical giants Machine Gun Kelly (featuring on the deluxe side of his new album) and Bring Me The Horizon, a remix of his single with marshmallow AND Music videos to compliment these tracks. Its clear why he is a front runner in todays music, mixing genres of pop, rock, punk and electro-pop into a rebellious tune to fuel todays kids to be themselves and love everyone’s flaws.

The latest release – Cotton Candy – steers off topic from his usual lyrical themes, bringing themes of romance and sexual liberation. With a heavy, funky bassline that reminds us of the iconic Tame Impala riffs and a bouncy pop melody, mixed with the vocal talent, the latest release is an earworm that just grows and grows on you until you find yourself hitting that repeat button.

As more and more hybrid-rock musicians release their experimental records, we are reminded what the true meaning of Rock ‘n Roll is – Self expression and individuality. More and more alternative musicians are pushing these boundaries, with Palaye Royale and Machine Gun Kelly joining in on the smashing of gender stereotypes within fashion

The music video for Cotton Candy is brilliantly shot, perfectly capturing the essence of the song, with colourful outfits as well as big attitude from Dom himself

This release came just before the announcement of the “Intimate as Fuck” tour, which is a reprise of tours he has done in the past – limited tickets in small, intimate venues or pubs in British cities. The tour will be comprised of his new album, plus past big hits, stripped back as an acoustic punk show with his massive energy. Tickets are on sale now, and come through the purchase of the new album, Weird!, which can be bought as a cd, Vinyl or Cassette.

Weird! promises to be more uplifting thank the past albums, a reflection of the journey that he has been on as a musician, and how this has helped him cope with his mental health better. Its a nice reminder that not all Rock or Alternative music has to be sad or angry.

Written by Mars Smith

Placebo’s “Black Market Music Stories” Episode 2 is Out Now

“This was the start of our seriously hedonistic days”

Placebo have shared the second video of their new mini documentary series Black Market Music Stories , in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of their third critically acclaimed album, “Black market Music”. If you missed the first episode, watch it Here

The second episode dropped today, exclusively to NME, watch it Here

Released in back in October 2000, “Black Market Music” reached number 6 in the UK charts, and featured singles such as “Special K”, “Taste In Men” and “Black-Eyed”, in the years following the success of their Debut release “Nancy Boy”.

Bassist and guitarist Stefan Olsdal told NME of the era.“It was the start of our seriously hedonistic days, and we were speeding ahead at a million miles an hour, clocking in over 100 shows a year,”
“Somehow during all that, we managed to make an album that is still important to us today.”

“Some songs are at breakneck tempos, and the lyrics delve into heavy themes that feel even more relevant today than back then. So against all odds, this angry, jet-fuelled band that went to the dark side 20 years ago, made an album that to me, still feels very much alive in 2020.”

The band went on a break following their 2017 20th anniversary tour, leaving fans waiting for the new album, over 7 years after their last release “Loud Like Love”, which was released in 2013. Frontman Brian Molko said he imagined it would be “experimental” and likened it to “career suicide”

The wait for the new album is becoming almost painful for some fans, after being gifted with streams of some of Placebo’s most iconic sets of their career over the pandemic, after Coronavirus bought a halt to live music across the globe in their Lost Tapes: Summer Festival Lockdown series, which brought their setlists from 1996 In Stratford all the way to their Mexico shows, all in one place.

The final three episodes of the 20th Anniversary will land on the Placebo official Website, with part 3 coming next week.

Written by: Mars Smith